Jon is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the labor and employment group.  Jon defends clients in federal and state court in litigation arising from employment discrimination laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as other statutory and common law claims.  Jon also is involved in all aspects of traditional labor law, including practice before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), union avoidance, defense of unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining negotiations and labor arbitrations.  In addition, he counsels clients on issues pertaining to employee handbooks, reductions-in-force, terminations, employment agreements, severance agreements and other aspects of the employer-employee relationship.

Career highlights include:

  • Successfully defending employers in many federal and state court actions brought pursuant to statutory and common law claims, including at the appellate level
  • Successfully negotiating numerous collective bargaining agreements in several different industries

Jon is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Foundation.

Jon has spoken frequently on topics related to sexual and other forms of harassment, employment discrimination, employment at will, workplace investigations, union avoidance, exemptions under the FLSA and issues arising from the FMLA.

Jon received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.S. from Duke University.

Honors & Recognitions

Columbus CEO, Best Lawyers, Labor and Employment, 2022-2023

The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year," 2020

The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law Management, 2012-2024; Labor Law Management, 2013-2024; Litigation Labor & Employment, 2013-2024

Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer in Labor & Employment, 2010-2016

Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2010-2021

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated

Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation since 1994

Business First, 40 Under 40, 1996

Professional & Community Activities

International Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2019

Ballet Met, Board of Trustees, Member, 2004-2011; Executive Committee, 2006-2011

Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, Member, Board of Trustees, 1992-2000; President, 1996-1997

Buckeye Ranch, Board of Trustees, 1992-1998

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Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1982

Duke University, B.S., 1979

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
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